Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta pledged a thorough investigation after a blaze ripped though a large market in Nairobi on Thursday, killing 15 people and injuring 70 others.
“Kenyans have lost loved ones; many victims, some of them young children, remain in critical condition in hospital,” he said.
“The national government and Nairobi County will sit together for a full review of our emergency services, and our disaster preparedness,” Kenyatta said.
Thurday’s fire is the seventh at the capital’s Gikomba Market in less than 10 years.
“We owe the victims, and the people of Nairobi, a clear, credible plan to end these fires,” Kenyatta added.
The fire started in the timber section of Gikomba Market and spread to nearby shanty houses and a second-hand clothing section, Nairobi Regional Commissioner Kangethe Thuku said.
“In total we have 15 confirmed dead,” Thuku told Kenya’s KTN news.
The blaze broke out in the early hours of the morning and firefighters battled to extinguish it, and to retrieve bodies, well into the day.
Thuku said that exploding cooking gas cylinders had complicated the rescue process.
Four children were among the dead.